Weird Bus Accident or Something?

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  1. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    I snapped this on I-80 near the Tweeter Center in Chicago's south suburbs.

    Weird huh? Any coach bus experts on the forum?
     

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  2. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030

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    Oh wow, looks like the AC unit exploded.
     
  3. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Yeah, thats probably what happened. My friend is into mechainics and said thats probably what happened. Either that or something else exploded...
     
  4. sierra oscar macrumors 6502

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    Petrol / diesel / LPG tank located there maybe? Hope there weren't any casualties
     
  5. beatsme macrumors 65816

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    not an expert, but it looks like it could be an engine fire to me...
     
  6. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030

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    The engine is in the very back, all that's there that I can think of is the AC unit and a compressor for the hydraulics.
     
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    I wouldn't claim to be anything resembling an expert on coaches and stuff, but the first thing that popped into my head was that there might have been something in the luggage compartment that caught fire.
     
  8. sierra oscar macrumors 6502

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    Yeah could be ... however it's an American registered bus...so it would make sense to have the luggage compartment on the left (and the engine design at the rear or right). For alighting passengers and their gear.

    ...just guessing however
     
  9. dpaanlka thread starter macrumors 601

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    You mean the opposite? American busses have cargo on the right hand side, as that is the side passengers get in. Regardless, that is a good idea that sort of looks like it originated from one of those big square luggage doors.
     
  10. sierra oscar macrumors 6502

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    Yes I did mean the opposite actually ....got my left and right mixed up between my brain and the keyboard
     
  11. OutThere macrumors 603

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    I've been on a bunch of coaches that carry luggage on both sides. :confused:
     
  12. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Yes...generally the luggage bays extend all the way under the bus, so there are access doors on both sides. Otherwise you'd have a hard time getting to luggage that had been pushed to the "back" of the bay.
     
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    These buses carry a lot of fuel: a fuel tank explosion would leave you with very little bus to fit onto a trailer. AC unit explosion or luggage fire seems the most likely. Any riots nearby? Could have been a weak molotov...
     
  14. dpaanlka thread starter macrumors 601

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    Well, there was a huge Dave Matthews Band concert at the Tweeter Center later that night. I wonder if that coach was connected to it in any way.
     
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    Hope noone was hurt.....Seems like the AC unit.



    Bless
     
  16. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    Do you carry a camera with you always? Or are you one of the lucky ones to have a cellphone+Camera all in one little device. :p

    Cool pic, and I have no idea what happened.
     
  17. dpaanlka thread starter macrumors 601

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    Yes actually.

    My cell phone does not feature a camera. I purposely did not want a cell phone camera.
     
  18. Dusty754 macrumors newbie

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    weird bus accident or something

    I snapped this on I-80 near the Tweeter Center in Chicago's south suburbs.

    Weird huh? Any coach bus experts on the forum?

    I am not an expert but from the photo, it appears that a brake did not completely release and was dragging. Thus caused the brake drum to get hot and the heat transfered to the wheel and the tire caught fire and that tire fire burned the side of the coach.
     
  19. LumbermanSVO macrumors 65816

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    In a large vehicle like that you are much more likely to get a brake fire from an inexperienced/stupid driver using the service brake too much going down a large hill. A stuck or dragging brake will show itself before you even get out fo the terminal.
     
  20. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    That reminds me of a band trip I went on to Ireland. The bus drivers always used a brake that was controlled by a stalk near the wheel. Apparently, one of them traveled a ways with it not quite disengaged. :eek: It didn't get to the point of fire though.
     
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  22. LumbermanSVO macrumors 65816

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    That brake has many nicknames. Most trucks have them, they are used to activate the trailer brakes only. I don't see why a bus would need one.

    Typically the brakes will start to smell like burnt clutch when they are over-heated, next they start to spew white smoke. when that happens you need to slow the vehicle down to about 15 mph to cool them off. If you stop you risk having a brake fire, the brakes need air moving around them to cool off.

    Anyone who ever gets to the point of smoking brakes should not be behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle.
     

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